Netflix is infamous for content. Even directors and showrunners have struggled to determine whether the intended audience is being reached by the work they have put out into the world. But now that the Netflix Top 5 has arrived, we can at least get a small glimpse behind the curtain. The list of Netflix’s Top 5 Most Popular shows a voracious appetite among the service’s devotees for everything from prestige TV to animated children’s programs to all manner of docuseries. The top five Netflix TV shows are listed below as of October 2022.
From Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story to High Water keep reading for Netflix’s most popular shows right now.
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1. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Creators: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
Stars: Evan Peters, Niecy Nash, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, Richard Jenkins
Genre: Crime Drama
A netflix show called Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is based on the well-known serial killer (played by Evan Peters). It is primarily told from the viewpoint of his victims.
2. The Blacklist
Creators: John Bokenkamp, Martin Gero
Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold
Yes, there are aspects of The Blacklist that are very similar to those in The Silence of the Lambs. Let’s get that out of the way right away. A wanted criminal surrenders, only to work with a new female FBI agent in the Washington, D.C., area to solve crimes that he might or might not be connected to. James Spader’s character as the criminal, Raymond “Red” Reddington, wants to learn as much as he can about his new “partner,” Elizabeth (Megan Boone), in exchange for the insider knowledge that allows him to stay one step ahead of the FBI. On paper, it appears that all you really need to do to get NBC’s newest show figured out is to swap out the names for Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. The Blacklist, however, foreshadows every twist that occurs, in contrast to The Silence of the Lambs, which kept its audience one step behind Clarice at all times. Reddington was once a bright military prospect who later abandoned his family to sell information to whoever the most lucrative criminal was. After a little more than two decades, Reddington enters FBI headquarters, declares his surrender, and says only Elizabeth Keen can speak with him about information regarding the kidnapping of a general’s daughter. The show does have some humorous moments, and Spader is a pretty good choice for Reddington, but a constant sense of déjà vu drags it down. All the double-crossing and ambiguity of allegiances in The Blacklist eventually sort of stopped mattering.
3. The Midnight Club
Creators: Leah Fong, Mike Flanagan
Stars: Iman Benson, Isby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Heather Langenkamp, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa
Genre: Horror, Drama
There is a long tradition of using horror stories and other genre tales as metaphors to discuss challenging real-life topics. Like his other well-liked Netflix Hauntings, The Midnight Club’s creator Mike Flanagan is less interested in horror for its own sake than it is in using the genre as a vehicle to tell more significant stories about life, death, and faith. The Midnight Club has a few respectable jumpscares, dark themes, a ton of scary stories fit for a campfire, and even a weird cult thrown in for good measure throughout its ten episodes. On the surface, it appears to be a fun enough diversion for the spooky season. But ultimately, this program isn’t a murder-mystery or a horror film. At least not in the way you might expect, it’s not even a ghost story. The Midnight Club, on the other hand, is a surprisingly profound reflection on what it means to die, even though its more profound truths are covered in the colorful frosting of a teen drama. The Midnight Club, a group of teens from various backgrounds and ethnicities who have made the decision to spend their final days at the eerily beautiful Brightcliffe Manor, are the subject of the television series. Each of the Midnight Club members has a terminal illness, and the story is told through their eyes. The Midnight Club is a fundamental example of Flanagan’s comprehension of one essential horror truth.
4. Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes
Creators: Joe Berlinger
Genre: Crime docuseries
If you’re going to turn real-life brutal murders into entertainment, you might as well go all in. This entry in Joe Berlinger’s serial killer docuseries highlights the subject of Netflix’s latest true-crime drama.
5. High Water
Creators: Kasper Bajon, Kinga Krzeminska, Anna Kepinska
Stars: Agnieszka Zulewska, Tomasz Schuchardt, Ireneusz Czop, Marta Nieradkiewicz
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